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by hthall
Wed Aug 26, 2009 6:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0628: "Psychic"
Replies: 186
Views: 48406

Re: "Psychic" Discussion

I'm always doing this--enough that sometimes it works. her: "Oh yeah? When is my birthday?" me: [looking startled as though I hadn't really expected to suddenly know] "August?" her: "Wait! How did you know that? You are freaking me out!" (Of course I went on to guess th...
by hthall
Thu Aug 13, 2009 6:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0622: "Haiku Proof"
Replies: 126
Views: 42196

Re: "Haiku Proof" discussion

Assume finite primes. Product of 'em all, plus one. Factors are...? QED, slag! How about this: Assume finite primes. Multiply; add one; factor. Q.E.A. , bitches! Warui desu Eigo no haiku Kore mou, ne Nice. Athough yes, frankly. But I'll grant you "haiku" itself as a summer kigo (more time...
by hthall
Thu Jul 30, 2009 6:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0615: "Avoidance"
Replies: 75
Views: 16167

Re: "Avoidance" Discussion

Reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where Kramer gets wrong numbers from people trying to reach MovieFone, and then eventually starts perfectly imitating him (though he runs into a problem when he tells people to press buttons on their keypad). That episode is hilarious, I need to watch that again. ...
by hthall
Fri Jul 10, 2009 4:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0608: "Form"
Replies: 94
Views: 28383

Re: "Form" discussion

I'm going to need an alt-text explanation. [to repeat what the ninja just said . . .] Douglas Hofstadter is the author of Gödel, Escher, Bach , a nerd cult classic that deals especially with the topic of self-reference. Hofstadter is brilliant, but he's also a little annoyingly aware of the fact, a...
by hthall
Fri Jun 19, 2009 6:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0599: "Apocalypse"
Replies: 158
Views: 56561

Re: "Apocalypse" Discussion

Excellent. Still waiting for the paper to come out that will reduce my Erdős number from 3 to 2; beyond that I'll have to await the apocalpse--either that or hope to uncover some of his unpublished notes in an attic somewhere and expand then into something worth publishing. No Bacon number for me (y...
by hthall
Mon May 11, 2009 6:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0582: "Brakes"
Replies: 103
Views: 30064

Re: "Brakes" Discussion

Wow. In all seriousness, today I got an email from my dad reminding us of the scouting trip he went on as a teenager, where the brakes failed and the truck that everyone was piled into rolled backwards and off of a 35-foot drop-off. Help was a long time in coming and 13 people eventually died, inclu...
by hthall
Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0568: "Well 2"
Replies: 105
Views: 24633

0568: "Well 2"

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title-text: But I've made $13.72 already today! Ow, stop throwing pennies.

Hey--every year, people die by falling into wells. Don't you remember baby Jessica? She made it, but was that funny?

Not cool, not funny, not a good comic. ;)
by hthall
Sat Apr 04, 2009 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0563: "Fermirotica"
Replies: 169
Views: 57387

Re: "Fermirotica" Discussion

Why does Google return a result for "1 teaspoon per meter", but not for "1 ml per meter" or "1 liter per meter." Is such a silly conversion just tacked in as an easter egg, and they didn't think of all the possibilities, or what? That's curious. "1 ml per inch&quo...
by hthall
Sat Apr 04, 2009 3:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0563: "Fermirotica"
Replies: 169
Views: 57387

Re: "Fermirotica" Discussion

This comic finds the distance at which, on average, one couple within that distance from you is having sex. I want to know what the average distance from you to the nearest couple having sex is. . . . Here is the formula I got . . . d=\sqrt{\frac{1}{2P_d X_fX_d}} . . . two-dimensional Poisson point...
by hthall
Wed Apr 01, 2009 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0563: "Fermirotica"
Replies: 169
Views: 57387

Re: "Fermirotica" Discussion

Make that 140 meters:

http://tinyurl.com/googleunits

(The title text refers to the fact that Google understands the units and does the adjustment for you. It also converts the miles to SI standard meters.)
by hthall
Fri Mar 20, 2009 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0558: "1000 Times"
Replies: 266
Views: 49042

Re: "1000 Times" discussion

I thought this was a nice illustration of the difference between a million, a billion, and a trillion dollars:

http://www.pagetutor.com/trillion/index.html
by hthall
Mon Mar 09, 2009 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0553: "Pirate Bay"
Replies: 102
Views: 25151

0553: "Pirate Bay"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/pirate_bay.png title-text: We find you guilty of closing your torrents as soon as they finish. Your sentence is unremovable Hungarian subtitles on everything. They'll be convicted under a sub-title of the law that's very hard to read, because all the sentences are in Hun...
by hthall
Sat Mar 07, 2009 6:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0552: "Correlation"
Replies: 154
Views: 51388

Re: "Correlation" Discussion

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by hthall
Mon Feb 23, 2009 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0547: "Simple"
Replies: 121
Views: 23456

Re: "Simple" Discussion

This reminds me of listening to coverage of the first Gulf War over the shortwave: the Voice Of America broadcast "in. special. English."

I should try adding or expanding a math article.
by hthall
Wed Feb 18, 2009 5:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0545: "Neutrality Schmeutrality"
Replies: 137
Views: 51743

Re: "Neutrality Schmeutrality" discussion

This is a neat example of an extreme case, although even without an artificially constructed example there is ample evidence that some events and ideas just cannot or will not be covered neutrally, at least in practice. It is already reaching the point where it's hard to avoid meta-article feedback ...
by hthall
Fri Jan 30, 2009 5:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0537: "Ducklings"
Replies: 150
Views: 46287

Re: "Ducklings" Discussion

Very nicely illustrated instructions, too. The arrows almost make it look like a flowchart.
by hthall
Fri Jan 30, 2009 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0518: "Flow Charts"
Replies: 147
Views: 42839

Re: "Flow Charts" Discussion

All this flowchart is missing is an infinite loop.
by hthall
Fri Jan 30, 2009 5:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0537: "Ducklings"
Replies: 150
Views: 46287

0537: "Ducklings"

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Alt-Text: DUCKLOOP'D?

Now that is an awesome trick to pull off.
by hthall
Mon Jan 12, 2009 5:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0525: "I Know You're Listening"
Replies: 201
Views: 30662

Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Apparently James Randi used to write "I, James Randi, will die today" (along with the date) on a business card every day and keep it in his wallet - just in case. Then there's the mathematician G. H. Hardy, who before a particularly rough sea crossing sent a postcard announcing that he ha...
by hthall
Mon Dec 29, 2008 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0523: "Decline"
Replies: 79
Views: 15305

Re: "Decline" Discussion

Something's wrong here. A Fourier transform cannot have a spike at "the 1-month mark". The base axis of such a transform is frequency , not time. There is nowhere on the transform you can point and say it's "the 1-month mark". David You've answered your own question. Now slap yo...
by hthall
Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0518: "Flow Charts"
Replies: 147
Views: 42839

Re: "Flow Charts" Discussion

Hmm... the other thread id is one lower than this one. Which one is correct? That, how do i change my profile so that it swhows seconds? User Control Panel -> Board Preferences -> set My Date Format to something like "D d M, Y G:i:s". If i did it right then i won by 22 seconds. Err, you &...
by hthall
Wed Dec 17, 2008 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0518: "Flow Charts"
Replies: 147
Views: 42839

Re: "Flow Charts" Discussion

Hmm... the other thread id is one lower than this one. Which one is correct? That, how do i change my profile so that it swhows seconds? User Control Panel -> Board Preferences -> set My Date Format to something like "D d M, Y G:i:s". If i did it right then i won by 22 seconds. Yep, you w...
by hthall
Wed Dec 17, 2008 5:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0518: "Flow Charts"
Replies: 147
Views: 42839

0518: "Flow Charts"

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Link: http://xkcd.com/518/

Title text: At 8 drinks, you switch the torrent from FreeBSD to Microsoft Bob. C'mon, it'll be fun!

I confess I was only following the flow chart to post first . . .
by hthall
Fri Nov 28, 2008 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0510: "Egg Drop Failure"
Replies: 124
Views: 51746

Re: "Egg Drop Failure" Discussion

Kind of like the stone that never hits the ground. I always liked the five-pounds-of-overthick-gelatin approach, myself.
by hthall
Thu Sep 25, 2008 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0480: "Spore"
Replies: 165
Views: 27422

Re: "Spore" Discussion

http://www.starsrainbowrideboard.org/welcomehome_mirror/deja/parasect.gif I strongly approve of your Parasect. Do you wish to trade it for my Raticate? http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p28/Grac3not3s/raticate.png Flaws though it may have, I prefer Spore to Hyper Fang, Gracenotes. Why limit yourse...
by hthall
Mon Aug 11, 2008 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0461: "Google Maps"
Replies: 146
Views: 37410

Re: "Google Maps" Discussion

Google maps is always telling me to go via the toll road near my house. Doesn't matter which way I'm heading, it always says 'take the toll road'. I wonder if there's an option to exclude certain roads on your route map? If you click "Show options" there is an "Avoid Tolls" chec...
by hthall
Mon Aug 04, 2008 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0458: "Regrets"
Replies: 130
Views: 30600

Re: "Regrets" Discussion

Unfortunately there was a single google result (before XKCD and its mirrors hit) for "I'm glad I saw Epic Movie": http://thedailyhfs.com/2008/08/04/im-glad-i-saw-epic-movie/ But not before the comic was posted--hence the reference to "whoring for traffic". Which apparently is wo...
by hthall
Mon Aug 04, 2008 4:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0458: "Regrets"
Replies: 130
Views: 30600

Re: "Regrets" Discussion

as of this posting, xkcd is directly responsible for one hit for "i'm glad i saw epic movie". I saw that. The irony is that, even if a couple of people who were planning to rent Epic Movie may change their minds because it's not cool enough for Randall Munroe, there are bound to be a far ...
by hthall
Mon Aug 04, 2008 4:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0458: "Regrets"
Replies: 130
Views: 30600

0458: "Regrets"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/regrets.png alt-text: And nothing for 'I'm glad I saw Epic Movie.' http://www.xkcd.com/458/ As they say, no one ever says on their deathbed, "I wish I had spent more time at the office" or "Why did we have all these children?"
by hthall
Thu Jul 31, 2008 12:12 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Research Ideas
Replies: 13
Views: 1951

Re: Research Ideas

quintopia wrote:Here's another ridiculously sarcastic suggestion: Find n such that the first n digits of pi (starting with the 3) are a palindrome, or demonstrate that pi cannot contain such a palindrome.


Let's see: n = 0, n = 1, n = 4.6 . . .
by hthall
Fri Jul 11, 2008 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0448: "Good Morning"
Replies: 119
Views: 20838

Re: "Good Morning" discussion

And here I thought I had never been to Asia . . .
by hthall
Tue May 27, 2008 3:12 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Linear algebra revisited
Replies: 5
Views: 1635

Re: Linear algebra revisited

In another thread, I asked you to prove that any symmetric matrix over Z 2 must have even rank. This turned out to be a false statement. So it needs adjusting. Prove that any symmetric matrix over Z 2 which has all zeros along the main diagonal , must have even rank. This is true over any field of ...
by hthall
Fri Feb 01, 2008 10:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0378: "Real Programmers"
Replies: 201
Views: 57834

Re: "Real Programmers" Discussion

scowdich wrote:54 posts of discussion, and nobody has pointed out that you can't edit code with cat?


Who said anything about editing? Real programmers get it right the first time.

(I actually have used cat before to write a snippet of very simple code.)

EDIT: Real programmers think alike.
by hthall
Fri Feb 01, 2008 5:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0378: "Real Programmers"
Replies: 201
Views: 57834

Re: Real Programmers Discussion

Obligatory link to the classic bit of folklore about Mel, the Real Programmer.
by hthall
Wed Jan 30, 2008 5:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0377: "Journal 2"
Replies: 346
Views: 54482

0377: "Journal 2"

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http://xkcd.com/377/

Alt: That's my hat! You took my hat!

Looks like Randall Munroe isn't the only one who can look inside people's heads. Or journals? Black Hat has met his match.
by hthall
Mon Jan 21, 2008 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0373: "The Data So Far"
Replies: 243
Views: 43151

Re: The Data So Far Discussion

Based on the prevalence of the theme/meme "Randall Munroe get out of my head" in this forum, "THIS guy" must be referring to himself, right?

EDIT: There is a precedent: http://xkcd.com/about/
by hthall
Mon Jan 14, 2008 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0366: "Your Mom"
Replies: 125
Views: 28867

Re: Discussion about Your Mom

The problem with "So your ex said" is that "ex" is a hard sound to work into a quick statement. Or so it seems to me. There are just some combinations of sounds, y'know, that don't tend to work cleanly together. . . . I think "your ex" packs a much bigger punch if you ...
by hthall
Sun Nov 04, 2007 3:53 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Helpful and Unhelpful (Solution thread)
Replies: 30
Views: 4013

Re: Helpful and Unhelpful (Solution thread)

pruwyben and Thunderbird4! are right, there is no way to obtain the information you need. Consider this problem: there are two doors, and two stewards Helpful 0 and Helpful 1. Helpful 0 always tries to be helpful, and has been given the instructions that the door on the left leads to heaven, and tha...
by hthall
Thu Oct 18, 2007 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: In space, no one can hear you brag [solutions]
Replies: 5
Views: 2934

Re: In space, no one can hear you brag [solutions]

So yes, the answer does involve the Fibonacci numbers, as hinted to by the line breaks. It's also true that prime numbers show up, and that "quantum computation" was the intended answer to the second question—but numbers that are simultaneously Fibonacci numbers and primes don't play any r...
by hthall
Thu Oct 18, 2007 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Two Concentric Circles
Replies: 19
Views: 2908

Re: Two Concentric Circles

More details are needed here... uniform p.d.f. on what variables? Two points on B? A point and an angle? Different choices will give different answers... Uniform over the set of secants of B. Here's another way to phrase phlip's question, and a way to make precise what is meant by "uniform ove...

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